600,000 CZK, proceeds of this year’s Lent Collection, will go to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Diaconia will use the money to buy equipment for the winter, which is surprisingly cold in the mountainous areas of Lebanon. For refugees often living in one bare room, it is not easy to survive. Blankets, mattresses, stoves or fuel oil will be purchased by Diaconia on site to support the local market. Syrian refugees themselves produce warm blankets in community workshops, which receive aid from us. Another portion of the money will support the establishment and operation of a community centre in Zarqa, Jordan, which will provide leisure and education courses and help build the economic independence of refugees.
‘We have been operating in Lebanon since 2017. With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and in cooperation with our local partner, we are helping the most vulnerable people who are not covered by UN official assistance,’ says Erik Siegl. ‘700,000 CZK was used to build and operate a day centre for children aged three to five in the Jordan refugee camp Zaatarí.’
The Diaconia Centre for Humanitarian and Development Cooperation have organized the Lent Collection before Easter for the last 12 years. The proceeds are always used to help people abroad who are in need. Over these years, donors have contributed a total of CZK 5.5 m.